Urban Policy and Administration Master Degree ProgramPolitical Science DepartmentBrooklyn CollegePOLS 7400X: Public Administration
Final Exam- Fall 2012
You must answer at least one essay question for both the PublicAdministration and Labor sections.
Each essay should be approximately 3-4 pages, single-spaced.
There will be no make-ups for the final exam, and late submissions will NOTbe accepted.
For the Public Administration section of the take-home exam, you can either answerquestion 1,
the two essay topics for question 2. When you turn in your exam, pleaseindicate which question you chose to answer for this section.
Consider this situation: Five years from now you find yourself working as the head of the Parks and Recreation Department in Yonkers, Westchester. The city's budget is verytight. You are considering budget proposals for next year, which you will present to theCity Council next month. An analyst on your staff, working on the budget for the Parksand Recreation Department, shows you a request in that budget for construction of a newice-skating rink in the wealthier part of town. He shows you a sophisticated cost-benefitanalysis that he has done of the project, which demonstrates that the project's costs aresubstantially more than its benefits.You call the Mayor of Yonkers, explain the analysis to her and propose eliminating theice rink project from the upcoming budget. The Mayor, an astute politician, responds,"You know as well as I do that the residents in that part of town vote, and that they wantthis ice rink. Further, the Council Member from that district is planning on runningagainst me next year and this will give him the ammunition he needs to beat me and putyou out of a job. Your fancy cost-benefit analysis is nice, but it isn't relevant in the real